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Our aesthetic often embraces the open floor plans and minimalist material palettes typically associated with warehouse structures. In this warehouse-to-loft conversion in particular, the industrial qualities of the space were complementary to the stylistic and programmatic elements of the design. The client's lifestyle dictated little division between his personal and professional life – Seigel (a screenwriter and producer) wanted a home, but also an office and art studio. Lacking in compartmentalization, the warehouse was the perfect space for this kind of hybridized use.

The design focused on preserving the original building and limiting unnecessary division of the interior. To showcase the bones of the timber and concrete structure, the interior was sandblasted and the walls and supports left exposed. The level change articulates the main separation of uses, with the more private rooms on the ground floor, and shared areas on the second level.

The home's entry leads directly upstairs to the living room, kitchen and office. While a specific zone is assigned to each use, room barriers are modular and partial. Solid walls are not full height, and doors – fabricated as steel framed glass panels – roll aside to extend the space. Half of the entire ground level is dedicated to the art studio, which sits adjacent to the master bedroom, enclosed by a plate glass wall. Full height curtains function as privacy screens in the bedroom, and an additional entrance is provided through the garage. Though the material palette is generally neutral, the master bath is clad with bright green tiles, adding a colorful accent to the surrounding scheme.

San Francisco, CA | 1997


David Seigel

LD Team

Ian Glidden

Project Team

Praxis Construction


Cesar Rubio